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Road-Killed Waterfowl? The Struggle is Real

While constructing a recent blog post about lightning killing snow geese in Idaho, I thought about other odd ways in which waterfowl die. Diseases play a big role. In some high-density situations, boats might fatally strike roosted birds before dawn. And most folks are aware of aircraft smashing into geese...


6 Old-Time Waterfowling Tips That Still Work Today

Old-timers love to give advice, and why not? After all, they’ve been around longer than most of us, and maybe they figure it’s part of their civic duty to pass on wisdom. Of course, if you’re not an old-timer, you often ignore guidance handed down by elders . But when...


Waterfowl Fun Facts

Although duck and goose hunters closely study and observe their favorite birds, we often know relatively little about the intricate details of their physiology and life history. In that spirit, let’s review some fun facts about a few of our favorite fowl. The Old Honker's Home? Everyone knows honkers can...


Top Duck Hunting Weather Misconceptions

Folks love to talk about “ducky” weather, but few can agree on what that entails. Some emphasize wind. Others insist the bottom must be falling out of the barometer. And a few get into crazy meteorological minutiae. After a while, you begin to suspect that waterfowlers have more misconceptions than...


Waterfowling Mentors: Spirits of Time and Memory

It’s been said the folks who shape us accompany us in spirit during every hunt . If that’s true, I have a pretty crowded and colorful boat every autumn. The group includes some larger-than-life characters: authors, decoy carvers, skilled shooters, local legends and habitual tellers of tall tales. Some probably...


Duck Hunting: 5 Signs You're Doing it Wrong

Failure can be a frequent companion in the duck marsh. Stuff happens, and the pursuit of wild birds offers no surety. However, consistent, repeated failure indicates a problem. It’s easy to forget a few days with a light or empty strap, especially if you respond with several successful hunts. When...


How Late-Arriving Springs Impact Duck Production

Everyone's talking about the late spring of 2018 — especially waterfowlers , who worry that the unseasonably dismal weather might affect waterfowl reproduction. So when I saw this video from Frank Rohwer, president and chief scientist for Delta Waterfowl , I had to share it. In it, he explains how...


Goose Attacks High School Golfer

We're not laughing at him, we're laughing with him. Sixteen-year-old Isaac Couling's good sense of humor has come in handy after photographs of him being attacked on the golf course by an angry goose have gone viral. In fact, more than a million people have seen images of the Concord...


Georgia Teen Wins National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

An acrylic painting of a swimming emperor goose by 18-year-old Rayen Kang of Johns Creek, Georgia, recently topped 52 other entries to win the National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest . Kang’s image will appear on the 2019-2019 Junior Duck Stamp, which raises money to educate and engage youths in...


What to Say When Your Duck Hunting Buddy Whiffs

Every waterfowl hunter misses now and then. There’s no shame in that, especially when you consider the rugged environs we hunt, the awkward positions we often assume and the speedy, twisting nature of our targets. Practice and repetition help us miss less and hit more. Experience guides us in choosing...


How Bad Luck Can Ruin Your Waterfowl Hunt

Waterfowlers prepare fanatically for the season and individual hunts. We repaint decoys, check lines and repair blinds. We make sure our boat batteries are charged and trouble-shoot motor problems. We shoot frequently to hone our eyes. And we scout like fiends, noting bird numbers, location and movements. Before the first...


The Toughest Duck: Which Bird is the Baddest?

Waterfowlers love to talk about physically “tough” ducks — birds that shake off seemingly lethal charges of shot in the air or on water and then dive or swim to escape. The idea is a bit misleading, I think, because hunters are often responsible for creating seemingly rugged birds. Poor...


Freak Waterfowl Accident: Lightning Kills Geese

Folks casually use the expression “lightning strikes” when describing chance events. But unfortunately for some waterfowl , lightning sometimes actually strikes — with fatal results. According to an April 8 article by Nate Eaton at EastIdahoNews.com , more than 100 light geese were killed April 7 and fell into a...


Weird Waterfowl Retrieves: How the Simple Becomes Memorable

In practice and concept, the act of a dog retrieving a dead duck appears simple. Real-world hunting , however, sometimes complicates the process. Poor shots, missed marks, human or canine error, and other factors often lead to retrieving adventures. And when you factor in conditions and the personality of the...


Waterfowl Music: Off-Season Sound Maintenance

Let’s take a minute to discuss calls. No, not turkey calls — the duck and goose calls you finished using in January and, like me, probably hung in a closet. You need to inspect, clean and maintain those calls. Otherwise, they might not sound and function as well when you...


11 (or 12) States to Duck Hunt Before You Die

As age and time afield pile up, hunters often think less about achievements and more about experiences . In turkey hunting, that leads some folks to pursue the 49-state Super Slam. Waterfowlers are no different, though they tend to focus more on hunting exotic locales or pursuing species that don’t...


New Research: Urban Geese Sometimes Leave Town

Waterfowlers typically assume, with apologies to the town mouse and the country mouse, that an urban goose remains a city dweller its entire life. However, recent research from the Steven A. Forbes Biological Station indicates that’s not necessarily true. A March 8 post on the station’s Facebook page said its...


The 4 Biggest Threats to Waterfowl Hunting

Cheer and optimism rule the waterfowling world when times are good. And why not? Bird numbers remain high, and we’ve enjoyed more than two decades of liberal season frameworks. But hunters who have seen enough sunrises in the marsh know that good times don’t always last. And although they view...


Delta Waterfowl First-Duck Pins Helping to Recruit Hunters

Delta Waterfowl helped bring new hunters into the fold this past season by awarding hundreds of youngsters with First-Duck Pins and certificates of recognition for taking their first waterfowl. Realtree is the Official Camo Conservation Partner of Delta Waterfowl, and the Presenting Sponsor of Delta’s First Hunt and First-Duck Pin...


The Best States for Hunting 'Other' Puddle Ducks

In 2017, we revealed the top harvest states for mallards , canvasbacks , other diving ducks and even mergies and sea ducks . Don’t ask me why we didn’t cover the best states for puddle ducks other than mallards Let’s rectify that. Here, based on data from the U.S. Fish...


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